Obituary of Harry Marcus Siegfried
Harry M. Siegfried passed away on May 8, 2019.
Born September 8, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri to Isadore and Rosetta Siegfried.
He was schooled at Rossman’s, Hamilton, Glenridge, Wydown, and Clayton High School.
After three years in high school, he was accepted to Purdue University. World War Two was being fought and he knew he would be taking part. In 1943, after one year at the university, he joined the U.S. Navy. The Navy was his preference because of his enjoyment as a sea scout in his teen years.
The Navy accepted him to the Eddy Electronics Program. The training was extensive; being sent to schools in Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Corpus Christi, New York and Boston M.I.T.
This training qualified him for Aviation Electronics Technicians Mate 1/c.
After the war, Harry returned to Purdue to finish his degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After working at Macdonell Aircraft Corp, he was asked to join a family manufacturing company. Starting in the factory facilities, he gradually progressed in the company, remaining there for 30 years and eventually becoming president. Due to business conditions, the business was sold in 1981.
Harry then went into investor real estate where he found engineering a big asset and enjoyed the work. He remained active in real estate through his 80s.
He had much interest in sailing, skiing and photography. He was a founder and first president of the St. Louis Ski Club which grew in membership to 1,200 people. Ski trips were arranged for the members to ski in the United States, Canada and Europe numbering six to eight trips a season.
Harry leaves behind his loving wife of 38 years, Monica Minkoff Siegfried; three sons, Marc I. Siegfried of Fort Collins, Eric G. Siegfried of San Francisco, and Evan A. Siegfried of Portland; grandchildren, Lily, Ian, Anna, Michael Siegfried and Shiloh Siegfried; nieces and nephews, Jan Nykin, Stephan Offenbach and Sigi Offenbach.
He was proud of his family and the members that went before him. One of his favorite stories was about the Washington Avenue Barber Shop in St. Louis while his oldest son’s hair was being cut. The thought occurred to him that his son was the fourth generation to have a haircut in that same barber shop; first his grandfather, then father, then himself, and last, his son. He thought it was remarkable; he said “call the Post Dispatch, they would want this in their People’s column,” but it didn’t happen.
A memorial service will be held at B’Nai Vail, 19 Vail Road, 12:00PM, Wednesday May 15th, 2019. Interment, New Sinai Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
Gifts in his memory may be made to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis, Missouri or The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.